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Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) vs i5-4200U

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Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) advantages

  • Operating frequency of the Intel i5-3230M microprocessor is higher than the frequency of the Core i5-4200U.
  • The Intel Core i5-3230M processor features F16C instructions. These extensions are not widely supported by programs yet, but their support should improve in future applications.

Intel Core i5-4200U advantages

  • The microprocessor uses more efficient Haswell core. Depending on task, performance advantage of this core over Ivy Bridge processors can vary from 2% to 10 %, or 6% on average when running at the same clock speed.
  • The processor incorporates AVX2 and FMA3 instructions. These extensions are not broadly used in programs yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
  • Power consumption of the i5-4200U microprocessor is lower.

i5-3230M vs i5-4200U specifications comparison

The charts below show the difference between i5-4200U and Intel Core i5-3230M most important characteristics. These features, together with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a CPU performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of additional threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color for base frequency, while lighter area is for extra frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4
 
4
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
3.2GHz
 
2.6GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
4000
3200
2400
1600
800
0
 
 
3584KB
 
3584KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
15W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA)       - Intel Core i5-4200U

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) vs i5-4200U specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i5-3230M (BGA) Core i5-4200U
General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Supports F16C instructions
  General recommendations:
Features AVX2 / FMA3 instructions,
Needs less power

Drawbacks:

Lacks some instructions,
Requires considerably more power
 

Drawbacks:

Runs at lower frequency,
Lacks some instructions

Similar processors

Core i5-3230M (BGA) Core i5-4200U
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Core i5-3230M (BGA) and Intel i5-4200U, but their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) and Intel Core i5-4200U pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA)Intel Core i5-4200U
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i5 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberi5-3230Mi5-4200U
CPU part numberAV8063801110901CL8064701477702
Introduction dateJanuary 20, 2013June 2, 2013
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy BridgeHaswell
Platform name Shark Bay
MicroarchitectureIvy BridgeHaswell
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketBGA1023BGA1168
Frequency (MHz)26001600
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3200 / 30002600
Clock Multiplier2616
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)512
L3 cache (KB)3072
Max temperature (°C)105100
TDP (Watt)3515
Cores2
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
AVX2 / Advanced Vector Extensions 2-+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000HD 4400
Base frequency (MHz)650200
Maximum frequency (MHz)11001000
The number of supported displays3
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR3L-RS 1333, DDR3L-RS 1600DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, LPDDR3-1333, LPDDR3-1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.6
Notes:

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For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA)" or "Intel Core i5-4200U" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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